Architect by day and musician by night, Jaime Tellado picks up as Skygaze, and returns to the fold of Flumo Recordings with his brand new 12”, the ‘Astral Trip’ EP; combining his knowledge of architecture with a love for sound to construct and merge acid house, broken beat and atmospheric melodicism.
The ‘Astral Trip’ EP follows releases on Guayaba records, Riverette and Thirty Three Circular. And remixes for Ed is Dead and Contours & Yadava, earning support/plaudits from the likes of Mr. Scruff, Simbad, k15, Andrew Jervis, Gilles Peterson, amongst others.
The common denominator throughout the release is the balance and combination of various elements, exploring a multifaceted contemporary dance sound whilst paying homage to the foundations of the sounds that we listen to today.
‘Minor Mood’ pays tribute to Chicago and Detroit with its high paced house rhythm, acid synths, and piano lines, whilst ‘City Cathedratics’ slows the tempo down to lay the groundwork for a dreamy synth-laden soundscape.
Whilst the majority of the project is a solo exploration in dance music and its multi-layered context and history, the contributions of vocalist Ruben Ondina lift the high-paced, synth house grooves of ‘Gimme Five’ to another level. Meanwhile, the broken beat influence of London is keenly felt on ‘Nigh Heat’ and ‘Wagwan’, their rhythms emphasised further by harmonic and melodic exploration via atmospheric synths, melodic improvisation and irresistible synth bass lines.
Skygaze reconstructs the rhythms and synths into his own fresh and unique package to paint a picture of spiritual wonder, richness and excitement.
Ashley Beedle (Back To The World Records) – Fantastic EP and difficult to pick one track! ‘Wagwan’ will be ft. on my April ‘Heavy Disco Spectacular’ radio show on Worldwide FM.
Bolam (Lobster Theremin) – mmmmm
Crazy P (Hot Toddy / 2020 Vision) – Really great this. Diverse stylistically but the on point production keeps it coherent.
Dan Curtin (Mobilee) – this sounds lovely, lush and soulful…definitely can get behind this…also interesting and creative and shows a wide range…very nice!
Fouk (Heist / Toy Tonics) – Loving this! <3
Joshua James (XOYO, Glorias, Rinse) – Groove on this…
Laurent Garnier (F Communications) – Ohhh yesssssssss
Severino / Horse Meat Disco (Strut / !K7 Records) – Pretty cool EP
Speaking Minds (Circoloco, Italy) – quality house musicMore Like Astral Trip EP - Skygaze